My 6-year-old Abby asks a lot of questions about what it’s like to be in love. Understandable for a kid of divorce.
When Ty and I got married this spring, Abby was involved in the entire planning process – from taste-testing cake recipes to building a playlist of the best unknown love songs. The whole experience brought up a whole NEW batch of questions about marriage.
And then I did something a couple months ago that drastically increased the number of conversations we have about being in love.
Driving between errands one day, Abby, her 1-year-old sister, and I were jamming out to a song called Time Machine.
“What’s a time machine?” Abby asked.
I turned the volume down. “It’s kind of like a fairy tale – it doesn’t really exist.”
“What does it do?”
“You’re supposed to be able to get in it, and set it to go back to another time in history, and it will take you there. Like you could say you wanted to go back to when dinosaurs lived, and it would take you there.”
That kind of blew her mind because she was quiet for a while.
Then, just as I was about to turn the volume back up: “So what does she mean, if she had a time machine? ‘I’d go back and I’d tell me run’?”
“Well, songs are kind of like books. They tell a story in the lyrics.”
“What’s the story in this one?”
“Hmm,” I said. Oh dear, I thought.
I cleared my throat. “It’s about a girl who loved someone, but I guess they didn’t turn out to love her back. So she’s saying she wishes she could go back in time and tell herself to not even go on a date with him in the first place.”
The song finished, and I glanced at Abby in the rearview mirror.
Staring out the window.
When the next song started, she piped back up. “Can you play Time Machine again?”
“Sure,” I said.
That next time, she belted out the lyrics.
The girl loves a good story.
Either that, or she’s already been wronged by love.
What I Regret
Now, for every song that comes on, Abby asks: “What’s the story in this song?”
Every. Single. Song.
And you know what?
A disproportionate number of songs out there are about broken hearts.
I don’t want to give the poor kid the wrong idea about love. (I think I already scared her off it a bit with this letter I wrote her a while back.)
So I’ve switched to playing our love songs playlist as much as possible.
This playlist is an ongoing love letter between my husband and me – filled with recent, happy songs about love. You probably won’t hear these gems on the radio, but they’re worth a listen.
7 Beautiful Quotes About Being in Love
Abby’s interest in the stories behind songs has made me pay closer attention to the lyrics in these relatively unknown love songs.
They explain so beautifully what it’s like to be in love. I can’t help but smile when I hear them.
Here are a few of the best lines from the unknown love songs playlist. Hopefully these love quotes will put a smile on your face too!
1. The Idea of Growing Old by The Features
2. Sweeter Than This by Katie Herzig
3. Sleepy Tigers by Her Space Holiday
4. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
5. You Make Me Happy by Lindsey Ray
6. Riptide by Vance Joy
7. I’m Not Sorry by Meiko
What’s your favorite quote about being in love? Share in a comment below!